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Old 23-09-2018   #16
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Re: Bringing my Bravo back to life

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The Bravo doesn't have electric steering .....only the Punto mk2 onwards had electric steering
Well it's some kind of hybrid on my Brava then... yes it has PS oil and reservoir but it is connected electrically, and is not a conventional hydraulic pump driven system like my old Tipo.

My point is that when they went to this more efficient system they lost any nice weighting and feel, it became too light and twitchy and for no good reason. Fiat were already on their way (unfortunately) to losing the real feel of driving an Italian car, each new model had become worse and worse in terms of no control balance and now very grabby brakes!

Actually my Tipo PS has sprung a leak on the banjo fitting, I'm hoping it just needs a new crush washer !
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Re: Bringing my Bravo back to life

Having owned a 20v Marea, I always wondered how a Bravo would go with the 1.2 16v engine. It's a great engine (Always regret not buying a Mk1 Punto Sporting back in the day) - but I assumed a Bravo would be too big for it.

Would be interested to know if there's any way to reduce the assistance of the electric PAS - shouldn't be too hard to do.
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You'll really enjoy your first drives when it's done, the Brava / Bravo 1.2 has a particular feel on the road, quite zippy and precise except for the twitchy electric steering !


Had the car for about 8 years now as it was my first car and I loved it! Just hoping that I wonít be disappointed in how it drives after getting so used to my other cars I do love the engine though!
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Re: Bringing my Bravo back to life

UPDATE:

Managed to get the car on lowering springs, looking a little less like a monster truck now
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The welder was here today and managed to get the passenger side sill completely done, heíll be back on Monday to (fingers crossed!) get the drivers side done so I can take it in for an MOT on Tuesday!
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Must say Iím very happy with the progress, and excited to see it getting so close to being done. Iíve ordered some new badges as well as mine are very faded, and Iíve just need to source some vented front brake calipers/carriers so that I can upgrade to the vented discs and pads I have.
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Re: Bringing my Bravo back to life

Vented discs on a 1.2 ??

Seems a bit of unnecessary hassle unless your originals need doing anyway.

If your Bravo is a Formula, did it come with ABS and the bigger rear drums? My Brava Formula has this setup, and it's plenty good enough!
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Vented discs on a 1.2 ??
My Grande Punto 1.4 has vented front discs, and I'd imagine the weight and performance would be similar to that of the Bravo 1.2.
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Vented discs on a 1.2 ??



Seems a bit of unnecessary hassle unless your originals need doing anyway.



If your Bravo is a Formula, did it come with ABS and the bigger rear drums? My Brava Formula has this setup, and it's plenty good enough!


Yeah, probably is a bit unnecessary but I remember getting brake fade a few times when I last had it on the road, and I just donít like the concept of solid front discs, so as itís hopefully not gonna be too expensive to upgrade I thought I may as well go for it!

(Plus Iím taking it on the track for a session in a couple weeks, and would like to reduce the risk of brakes over heating by as much as possible!)
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Update!

The welding was finished yesterday, took it in for MOT today...AND IT PASSED!!! It only got 3 advisories on cracked/old tyres, so I've order a full set that will be getting fitted on Thursday (Along with having the tracking done). Came home and got the cambelt done too, so it's now perfectly useable. Can't believe it's finally on the road again after 4 years, but I'm so glad it is.

Took it out for a quick spin, feels so strange after 4 years, but itís good. Rides really nicely on the lowering springs too, which I was worried about. And it might be slower than what Iím used to, but I just love the revvy pep of the engine, takes me back to being 17 just passed my test

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Re: Bringing my Bravo back to life

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Update!

The welding was finished yesterday, took it in for MOT today...AND IT PASSED!!! It only got 3 advisories on cracked/old tyres, so I've order a full set that will be getting fitted on Thursday (Along with having the tracking done). Came home and got the cambelt done too, so it's now perfectly useable. Can't believe it's finally on the road again after 4 years, but I'm so glad it is.

Took it out for a quick spin, feels so strange after 4 years, but itís good. Rides really nicely on the lowering springs too, which I was worried about. And it might be slower than what Iím used to, but I just love the revvy pep of the engine, takes me back to being 17 just passed my test

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Congrat's..

do I detect a trip to Alton , Hants at the weekend..
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Re: Bringing my Bravo back to life

Very good progress... looking great.

What tyres did you get in the end? How does she drive?

I've had good news on my Brava Formula... the AA managed to find and fix the little hidden broken wire that had immobilised the car, it's running fine now !

That means it will be looking for a new owner though...
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